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Lucky escape for OAP

PUBLISHED: 20:07 25 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:02 03 March 2010

AN elderly man is in hospital today after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle before careering into an Ipswich house.

Police and ambulance crews attended the incident, at just after 10.

AN elderly man is in hospital today after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle before careering into an Ipswich house.

Police and ambulance crews attended the incident, at just after 10.30am, to find a blue Rover Metro car had rammed into the front door of a house in Elmcroft Road.

Linda Scott, who lives at the house with her husband, Howard, received a call at work from her neighbour saying a car had "landed in her front hall".

She said: "I thought she was joking at first but it's just unbelievable.

"You just don't expect to come home to a car in your hall. We aren't the only people it's happened to but it's still a shock."

The 53-year-old was today preparing to make an insurance claim to cover the cost of the broken front door and damage garden wall.

Before crashing into the house, the out-of-control vehicle hit a Ford Ka, which was parked on the opposite side of the road.

The vehicle belongs to Alicia Brown, 19, who was said to be heartbroken about the damage.

Her dad, Ian Brown, 37, of Elmcroft Road, said: "It's her first car and she's had it less than six months. It's her pride and joy and she had saved up a lot of money to get it.

"She was asleep at the time and I had to wake her up and tell her about it. She's obviously really upset."

Neighbours reported hearing a loud bang, before the sound of screeching brakes.

Mr Brown, who was in his back garden at the time, was one of the first people at the scene and recalled seeing an elderly gentleman, believed to be 87-years-old, slumped over the steering wheel of his car.

He said: "I ran over to see what I could do. I opened the door and thought he was dead because he was slumped over the steering wheel.

"I asked if he was OK to get out and he said he was. He didn't have any visible signs of injury.

"As I've said to my daughter, the car can be replaced and the main thing is that no one was hurt."

The man was taken to hospital although it was not known how serious his injuries were at the time of publication.

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